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Actors: Jim McGreevey, Barney Frank, Larry Kramer
Director: Kirby Dick
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media s complicity in k... more »
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B. Phelps | Roseville, Ca. United States | 06/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Apparently the previous reviewer didn't actually SEE the film which I do believe is a prerequisite to a good review. This film is an eye-opener, an in depth examination of the extent that closeted gay politicians (and there are many) will go to protect themselves. This protection takes the form of the most vehement method of defense, reaction-formation. The primary point of the film is to question the practice of outing closeted gay politicians who promote and protect their own careers at the expense of the rights of others. Larry Craig is seen as a rather pathetic figure who's accusations of gay encounters go as far back as the 1980's, long before his last bathroom fiasco. Also interviewed are politicians who have come out of the closet (or been forced out) explaining the freedom attained through honesty. Most interesting is information surrounding the current governor of Florida. The film is riveting from beginning to end. Illustrations of a Freudian slip by a Fox news reporter provide a moment of laughter, while the censoring of an Anderson Cooper (of all people) Bill Maher interview which omits Maher's naming of a gay politician gives question to the beltways conspiracy to protect right-wing gay politicians and their staff. You will be amazed and surprised at the disclosures this film has to offer! A must see. Watch for the Republican conservative who takes his gay "right hand man" all over the world for extended travel but makes sure their arrival is always one day apart."
Must see documentary...entertaining and timely
Beach Lover | San Diego, CA United States | 06/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It has been said; "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". Even worse, is when good men lie about who they are and work for the opposition!
Unfortunately it is unpopular in many circles to be homosexual. I understand that you may want to hide to further your career or your political agenda. But to actively work against yourself and your rights is masochistic. If nothing else, I think the movie Outrage will educate all of us as to how self-hatred is belittling to the individual and harmful to society at large.
I love a good documentary. This one is definitely good, and definitely worth seeing!"
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 07/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Outrage" is a must-see documentary. It looks at notable people in American politics that actively fight against any legislation that might help homosexual Americans gain the same equal rights that are enjoyed by everyone else. However, there is a twist here--these politicians are themselves gay and live hypocritical double lives. It is not just politicians who live like this as we all know. The movie also looks at journalists who investigate gay rumors and then go after the guilty with the truth and in doing so force them to come out. The majority of these journalists come from non-mainstream media and this is because the mainstream chooses to ignore these kinds of stories. (This is probably because the mainstream usually has a hand in demonizing something that is not wrong--in this case being gay).
This is a well researched documentary that is totally balanced and the topic is serious. People have died because politicians have voted against funding for AIDS and against hate crime legislation. The politicians that do so and then turn around and lead a gay lifestyle are beyond hateful; they are indeed criminal. Director Kirby Dick uses interviews and news stories to make his point. His attitude is to show us that those who vote no should vote yes. Here is the hypocrisy of the American government at its finest. We know that gay politicians rarely, if ever, emerge from the closet. We have two politicians here who have quite long interviews--Charlie Crist and Larry Craig. They are the frame around which the documentary is built. Crist denies his homosexuality and as governor of Florida he continues to put anti-gay judges on the seats of state courts. Here is an example of internalized self-hatred and this is also film making at its best.
Legislators are elected to represent the people--his sexuality is irrelevant but the voting records are totally hypocritical. The goal of the filmmaker is to catch conservative politicians with high family values with their pants around their ankles. Dick manages to out some of those living in the closet but it does not do so to invite personal lives but to make them accountable for the ways they vote. This is a provocative film which is well researched and extremely caustic. It brings to light a conspiracy that protects the secret lives of some of the most powerful politicians while at the same time ensures that their rights and interests of gays and lesbians remain marginal. There is a lot here about the nature of homophobia. The central idea or claim of the film is that politicians who vote against gay interests are horrible people because they pursue gay sex themselves. We see Washington as a very closeted gay town. What we see in the film has not yet been settled and we can only hope that everything will one day be welcome.
Tom Markus | Houston, TX | 10/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary really opened my eyes to what is happening in Washington DC. I had heard for years about a large number of closeted homosexuals within the Republican Party. When Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting toilet sex, it came as no surprise. But this documentary really shines a light on more of these hypocrites. Very well done and the facts are meticulously backed up. Must see!"